Incumbent president Barack Obama, a well-documented hoops fan — as Michael Lewis’ profile for Vanity Fair revealed — has a little tradition going.
On Election Day, dating back to 2008, Obama and his aides have played basketball pick-up games to pass the time while waiting for results. The tradition was created following Obama’s defeat at the Hampshire primary. The loss, however, was preceded by a victory in the kickoff Iowa caucuses.
The only difference? Obama and his aides had played in a basketball game prior to the Iowa caucuses while foregoing the game prior to the New Hampshire primary.
Obama was joined by Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Per the Chicago Tribune:
President Barack Obama kept his tradition of an Election Day basketball game alive Tuesday, with an assist from Scottie Pippen.
At around 1 p.m., Obama’s motorcade arrived at the Hope Athletic Center on Chicago’s West Side, where the president played basketball with staff and friends. Former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias tweeted that he was playing on a team with Obama and former Bulls Pippen and Randy Brown.
A White House spokeswoman confirmed that Obama also played with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Reggie Love, Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt.
Whether the austere task of playing basketball does affect the likelihood of a victory remains to be seen.